More than 87 percent of Cherry Creek seniors graduated high school in 2012 in four years, up from 84 percent in 2011. Statewide, the overall, on-time graduation rate for 2012 is 75 percent and at nearly 72 percent nationwide.
While all ethnic groups showed gains from the previous year, the on-time graduation rate for Hispanic students rose more than 5 percent to 79 percent. African American students gained one point to reach 84 percent.
Statewide, the graduation rate is 66 percent percent for black students and 62.5 percent for Hispanic students.
White students also saw gains of nearly 3 percent to reach more than 89 percent. The rate for Asian students rose slightly to 90 percent.
Cherry Creek School District Demographics:
• American Indian/Alaska Native: .5 percent
• Asian: 8 percent
• Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: .3 percent
• African American: 12 percent
• Hispanic: 18 percent
• White: 56 percent
• Two or more races: 5 percent
• 27 percent of students qualify for free and reduced lunch
Despite challenges ranging from overcrowding and under-funding to high numbers of English language learners and students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 12 public district and public charter schools and 2 public charter management organizations from Aurora, Brighton, Denver, Littleton, and Jefferson County are being recognized for delivering outstanding academic success among their students. All are 2013 winners in the Foundations for Great Schools awards program, which recognizes and encourages success among metro area public schools serving high proportions of low-income students. A total of $435,000 in grant awards will be distributed among the 14 award winners.
Foundations for Great Schools also identifies common success strategies found among them for raising academic performance and student growth. This year, such strategies included focus on school culture; data-driven teaching strategies to meet individual student needs; expanded learning time; and teacher professional development, among others.
The local Great Schools grant award winners are:
Aurora Public Schools:
• Aurora West College Preparatory Academy
• Clyde Miller P-8 (middle school division)
• Montview Math & Health Sciences Elementary
Denver Public Schools:
• DSST Public Schools (Charter Management Organization)
• Marie L. Greenwood Academy (middle school division)
• KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy
• McMeen Elementary
• STRIVE Preparatory Schools (Charter Management Organization)
• Whittier ECE-8 (middle school division)
• Fred N. Thomas Career Education Center Middle College of Denver
Littleton Public Schools:
• East Elementary
Matthew Hoffmann of Englewood earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wis.
Steven Kiffor of Englewood graduated with a bachelor of business administration degree in management from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.
Allana Winsted of Centennial received a Master of Medical Science from the School of Medicine of Emory University, Atlanta, Ga.
Bradley With of Littleton graduated with a BS in Criminal Justice Administration from Bellevue University, Bellevue, Neb.
Marine Corps Pfc. Danielle J. White, daughter of Dawn M. and Scott A. White of Littleton, recently graduated from the Marine Aviation Operations Specialist Course. White is a 2011 graduate of Littleton High School and joined the Marine Corps in December.
Marine Corps Pfc. James M. Todhunter, son of Rebecca and Michael Todhunter, of Centennial, Colo., recently graduated from the Basic Water Support Technician Course while assigned as a student at Marine Corps Engineer School, Camp Lejeune, N. C.
Todhunter is a 2011 graduate of Heritage High School of Centennial and joined the Marine Corps in August 2011
Julie Klotz of Aurora has made the Dean’s List for fall semester at Gonzaga University, located near downtown Spokane, Wash.
Alison Lammers of Centennial will spend spring break on a music tour with the Dordt College Concert Band and Concert Orchestra. DORT College is located in Sioux Center, Iowa. The tour will perform in South Dakota, Montana, Alberta, Washington state, Idaho, and Colorado.
Amanda K. Reish and Jane Good of Littleton, Kelly R. Leach of Centennial and Jennifer D. Cook of Greenwood Village made the Provost’s Honor Roll at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyo.
East Elementary School in Littleton was among 12 public district and public charter schools and two public charter management organizations from Aurora, Brighton, Denver, Littleton and Jefferson County that are being recognized for delivering outstanding academic success among their students. East Elementary is a winner in the Foundations for Great Schools awards program, which recognizes and encourages success among metro area public schools serving high proportions of low-income students. A total of $435,000 in grant awards will be distributed among the 14 award winners.
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